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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Fernandez, James W.
Divinations, confessions, testimonies: Zulu confrontations
with the social superstructure
Published By: Original publisher
Durban: Institute for Social Research, University of
Natal. 1967. ii, 33 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] James W. Fernandez
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Purification and atonement (783);
Revelation and divination (787);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
In this short monograph, Fernandez applies Erving Goffman's
ideas about the 'backstage dimensions' of social interaction, how an understanding of the
behind-the-scenes information is necessary to a study of religious cults in and around
Durban. Fernandez looks at diviners and divination as traditional forms of religious
behavior, and confessions and testimonies as both traditional and modern behaviors and
shows how all of these forms of interaction bring the Zulu into contact with what he calls
the social superstructure, the supernatural backstage on which definitions of any
particular social interaction are based.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Address given at the Annual Meeting of the Institute
for Social Research, University of Natal, October 1965 Includes bibliographical references
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Martin Malone ; 1979
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Durban region, KwaZulu-Natal, South
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Zulu (African people)